I feel for the American white male. I really do.
With most of the scholarships going to minority groups -- like, say, LGBT Asian students or Hispanic women in business -- it's practically impossible for white males to get funding for college.
But one white man at Texas State University, Colby Bohannan, thinks scholarships should be open to everyone regardless of whether they are disadvantaged. And, he's particularly incensed that his demographic is discriminated against and explains his frustration this way:
I felt excluded ... if everyone else can find scholarships, why are we left out?
I bet you can guess what he's doing about it ...
He's formed a nonprofit group in Texas, which is offering five $500 scholarships exclusively to white male students. Applicants must be at least 25 percent Caucasian, have a GPA exceeding 3.0, and demonstrate financial need.
Ordinarily, I'd find it laughable that white males are complaining about their access to college (particularly when compared with that of minorities).
But with college tuition at an all-time high, the fact of the matter is that more than ever, white males are having trouble paying for tuition. The whole idea behind a scholarship is that it helps a person who might not otherwise have the opportunity to pay for college to do so. And, if it happens to do that for white men -- and not at the expense of another sector of the population that is less fortunate -- then I guess I can't really argue with that.
Still, I can't help but wonder if a white male only scholarship is making a subtle statement against affirmative action. In which case, there would seem to be more productive ways in which to debate the issue.
Do you think white male only scholarships are needed?
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